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when rocket launchers need love, too. but first, senator chuck hagel may be a decorateed vietnam veteran, successful businessman and twice-elected republican senator from nebraska. but he ran into a little trouble on the capitol hill today. hagel testified before the armed services committee, which will have to pass onties nomination to be president obama's secretary of defense. >> i'm on the record of many issues but no one individual vote. no one individual quote. no one individual statement defines me, my beliefs or my record. >> john: were hagel then stated his beliefs as they applied to his nomination. >> america has and must maintain the strongest military in the world. that we must lead in the international community to confront threats and challenges together. i believe and i always have believed that america must engage in the world not retreat from the world but engage from the world. my record is consistent on these points. >> john: now that i may sound like a mainstream, boiler-plate statement of american aims, but if you believe some committee republicans today senat
fuglesang senate republicans used a filibuster to block a vote on former senator chuck hagel for defense secretary. congratulations, harry reid, you built this. barack obama killed osama bin laden so republicans are killing the post office. thom hartmann joins us on that. republicans are still fighting each other. it is like a civil war with the south fighting the south. and eliot spitzer is with us tonight which is historic because you know conan's not going on jay. today is the birthday of carl bernstein, florence henderson is 79. also the birthday of keller and somewhere, somehow jimmy hoffa is celebrating his 100th birthday. we celebrate valentine's day to publicly demonstrate your affection with crap. this is "viewpoint." >> john: good evening, i'm john fuglesang. coming up, another state moves a big step closer to approving american equality and another conservative moves a big step closer to having a heart attack over it. bp pays billions in fines for the gulf oil spill then gets billions more in government contracts. lindsey graham announce he will continue to block lady gaga's t
do we want? more unpartisan smearing of chuck hagel? 15 republican senators think we want it all the time. that's coming up next. >> john: time now for our thing of the day. today's thing citizenship roadblock of the day. we've already heard that a lot of republicans don't support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants but this particular republican, well, he's special. virginia congressman bob goodlatte is chair of the house judiciary committee which he bluntly told npr he won't support any law that overs citizenship to people who he said broke the law coming here. immigration reform was supposed to be the one thing this congress can do. if we believe 11 million immigrants in limbo what do we accomplish? marco rubio won't pick him as a running mate. if you believe it in hard enough and maybe it will come true. so seems to be the strategy of the 15 g.o.p. senators who today sent a letter to president obama requesting that he withdraw the "controversial nomination of chuck hagel for secretary of defense." of course the only reason the nomination is controversial is beca
the president doesn't order cuts in the canneries make budget. maybe chuck hagel will get help before the weekend. a drum roll for press secretary jay carney. >> the president did invite four leaders to the white house for friday where he hopes that they will have a constructed discussion. >> john: with michigan mcconnell, harry reid, join boehner and nancy pelosi. according to the gallup pole the president goes in better shape than his friends in the g.o.p. 45% say barack obama is doing a better job of handling the sequester than congressional democrats at 37% or the mcconnell and boehner crews with just 25% but that's just a poll. does that mean that the voters support the president's call for closing tax loopholes for the wealthy? according to a wall street journal poll over 20% of the adults think it's a good idea. 52% say it's not a good idea. when asked if they favor the cuts to fix the deficit, 14% say they like the sequester cuts as they are. nearly 40% would like a plan with more cuts. just 37% want viewer cuts in all. i'm joined by a congressman who is offering an alternativ
.i.a. and chuck hagel as secretary of defense how does graham justify all that? this week's republican exercise on false equivalence. >> i'm going to ask my colleagues just like they did with john bolton joe biden said no confirmation without information. no confirmation back in information. >> john: that's right. back in 2005 then-senator joe biden tried to hold up john bolton's nomination to get information related to john bolton. graham is holding up hagel and brennan to asking is neither hagel nor brennan did. here to help sort this out is tonight's panel. eric boehlert senior fellow with media matters for america. and l. joy williams morning host for "this week in blackness." and dean obeidallah politico median and creator of the dean's report.com. i'm thrilled that you're here to join me. eric why is lindsey graham doing all this? is he just auditioning to a party to a base that di pieces him? >> it's clear that it's some sort of audition. he's doing it because he doesn't want to be primaried in south carolina republican. you know, it's not just graham. susan rice. there were senators who
to check a mirror just to make sure he wasn't chuck hagel. in a marriage equality ad, it's also the only commercial on tv that does not feature the progressive lady. why won't president obama sign the executive order for lgbt. today is the 86th bird of sydney portier, and the 50th birthday of charles barkley and had he live, it would be the birthday of kirk cobain as well. congress can, in fact, do stuff. this is "viewpoint"." [ ♪ music ♪ ] >> john: good evening i'm john fugelsang. thank you so much for joining us. with the budget sequester that would tut a trillion dollars from the budget, speaker of the house john boehner warned of dire consequences if it's allowing to through. a wall street journal opinion piece, you'll be shocked to hear blamed the entire mess on president obama. boehner named just a couple of things that he pushed through the house must be avoided. it threatens u.s. national security, thousands of jobs and more. america's military budget would be slashed, border security, law enforcement, aviation safety and many other programs would all have diminished resource
another, chuck hagel was confirmed as secretary of defense in a narrow 58-41 vote. did the delay serve any purpose other than helping lindsey graham maybe not get primaried? >> it served no purpose whatsoever. people will forget about all of this hubbub that went around it. go about his daily business and no one will be thinking about his views on iran or israel. >> i'm not completely sure it made no difference. i think it will, long-term he will serve and hopefully he serves well and i think the president, you know, optimistic about it. but i think that, you know, this will be remembered as the first in a long time, certainly if not the first ever, defense nominee who ran into these kinds of problems. i think the republicans really let it be known this guy is not going to get an easy time of it. >> it was the closest vote. my theory is that they delayed it so he could be blamed for the sequester cuts. >> john: but beyond john mccain unfriending him on facebook, is there going to be any lasting impact from this rancor or bitterness? >> perhaps further filibusters of more important -- secre
to what happened last week with chuck hagel and his nomination hearing to be secretary of defense you know, brennan claim through i think as a strong, credible witness. it took three hours for the committee to get through issues regarding the loc memos eit the enhanced interrogation techniques and what it meant to the bin laden raid. and other things to get to what i think is really what most people want to hear which is how do you feel -- what's the nature of the threat that you're going to confront as director of central intelligence, what does recent developments in benghazi or mali or algeria what's that tell us about an evolving al-qaeda. its connection to the core in afghanistan and pakistan and where we go from here. they got to it eventually after exhausting every other alternative. >> john: senator feinstein raised the prospect of raising oversight for the drone war. do you think either is ever to be approved by the congress? >> i'm skeptical. on the one hand, i think that the administration should be more forthcoming particularly after the fact. tick harley where we do have ameri
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